New Castle, hamlet of Chappaqua and former home of famed suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, will this Friday host a garden party gala commemorating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York State – three years before the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
One of the most prominent leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and was a founder of the League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women. A savvy lobbyist, Catt focused efforts on gaining women the vote locally in at least one Eastern state before attempting to woo Congress. New York was that state.
“Carrie Chapman Catt, along with her many suffragist contemporaries, will forever be remembered for their steadfast struggle to empower women by solidifying their right to vote,” said Cassie Ward, Executive Director of the New Castle Historical Society (NCHS). “These women, many of whom were extremely active in Westchester County and throughout New York State, exemplify to the fullest what it means to embody strength, courage, and tenacity.”
In recognition of the women who campaigned for this right, the NCHS will host “A Party in Greeley Garden: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NYS.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, accompanied by suffrage-related period music and a charity silent auction. Guests are encouraged to come dressed like their favorite historical suffragist or – for those who could never pick a favorite – to dress in all-white as the suffragists did.
Tickets are $65 for adults and $25 for K-12 and college students, with all proceeds going to the NCHS. A portion of those funds are earmarked specifically for the creation of a women’s suffrage exhibit prominently featuring Catt.
In addition to buying tickets, those interested can become an NCHS sponsor or set up a donation to the silent auction online, by phone, or by emailing NCHS Director Cassie Ward at email@example.com.
Horace Greeley House Museum
100 King St., Chappaqua
Friday, Sept. 15